|Knot at Widewater|
|Black Redstart on the undercliff at Ovingdean|
|Herring Gull X2HT on the Adur|
|Purple Sandpipers at Shoreham Harbour|
Tuesday 26th. We saw a Buzzard over the A23 while driving up to London to see Anna and family.
Monday 25th. The female Goosander was on Widewater first thing while I couldn't pick anything out amongst the 800 Herring Gulls on the Adur at low tide.
|Christmas Goosander at Widewater|
Saturday 23rd. Megan and I took Cookie for a walk around Steepdown seeing Green Woodpecker, 7 Sky Larks, a female Stonechat, 20 Goldfinches, 40 Linnets and 12+ Corn Buntings. I then returned to Sovereign Harbour where, after an hour of looking, I saw the Black Guillemot. Also Kingfisher and Black Redstart. I called in at Arlington on my way home seeing 3 Black-tailed Godwits and adult Yellow-legged and Mediterranean Gulls (the latter not the white-winged gull I was hoping for). I then got a bit bored and counted Great Crested Grebes (82) and Wigeon (584) during the course of which I saw 8 Gadwall. Perhaps I should have revisited the Cuckmere instead of Arlington as I had originally intended although it was nice to have a good chat with Chris Ball and hear what he'd being seeing on the levels. Neither of us could find the Great Northern Diver although we were not looking too hard.
|Corn Bunting at Steepdown|
|Black Guillemot inside Sovereign Marina|
|a clue as to where it had come from and how it might have arrived?|
|adult Yellow-legged Gull at Arlington,maybe not a 100% identification as I never saw its legs|
|leucistic or flavescent Wigeon at Arlington|
|this second winter had a small head, bulging neck and its mantle colour and tertial pattern looked good but the bill didn't really impress, at least not in my images although I never managed one side-on.|
|it looked a bit more snouty here but it may be just the angle (or wishful thinking)|
|the wings appeared long, I'm not sure I ever saw much of its legs|
|this bird I took to be a fourth-winter due to the black marks on the bill. To me it looked good structurally (small head, bulging neck/breast, long legs and trailing vent).|
|it had long wings and the leg colour looked good although perhaps the mantle was a shade pale?|
|it had a small dark eye and a reasonably long bill and I was beginning to feel confident it was a Caspian, until it raised its wings ...|
|no black bar on p10, pity but it had been that sort of a day|
Sunday 17th. Megan and I took Cookie to Rackham and Parham where we saw 3 Red Kites, 2 Buzzards, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10 Song Thrushes and a Redwing.